The Language Parts of Their Brains

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4 thoughts on “The Language Parts of Their Brains”

  1. …when I said goodbye to the group, I was sent off with a giant chorus of “vale magister” (goodbye teacher)….

    And it is no doubt happening in many traditional classes as they leave for the summer as well. Many touching goodbyes from their teachers as they are separated from their beloved verb charts for the summer. Just kidding. More like tears of happiness that most of them will never have to set foot in another language classroom again. Truly touching moments.

  2. Corrado Russo

    This has been one of the most exciting aspects of teaching Latin through CI. My students regularly tell me how they accidentally respond to yes/no questions in Latin in their other classes. A few (less diplomatic) kids have also observed that they feel more capable speaking Latin (which they have taken for less than a year) than they do speaking Spanish or French (which some of them have been ‘studying’ for years now).

  3. Kevin Clemens

    John – What a great story to start out my day reading. The word that jumped out at me was “spontaneous” Latin. The Latin just sort of spills out of them, they can’t help it. There is no anxiety about the language, just the child-like thrill of using what they know. Who would have guessed that 12 year-olds living in the early 21st century might still find Latin an appropriate medium for expressing their “enthusiasm and joy.”

  4. Another example of the unconscious way that language acquisition works. Not only are they acquiring it unconsciously through CI, but when they are ready to produce, that happens unconsciously also. Excellent reflection from your examples, John!

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